VT Verbal Visits UNC

Despite his pledge to Virginia Tech, Barquell Rivers unofficially visited North Carolina over the weekend.

"Just went to the basketball game – that's all," said Rivers. "I got the tickets in the mail."

Rivers, a 5-foot-11 210-pound linebacker from Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County, spent most of his stay with close friend and UNC pledge Quan Sturdivant.

"[Also], I went to the Rams' Club and played video games," said Rivers. "I hung out with Quantavius Sturdivant – we're pretty good friends. No, he wasn't [trying to recruit me], we just hung out."

During halftime, Rivers spoke to new North Carolina head football coach, Butch Davis.

"Coach Butch Davis spoke to me for a little bit," said Rivers. "He seemed like a pretty straight forward, nice guy.

"[He talked about] what he's trying to do at Carolina and how he's trying to keep all the kids in North Carolina."

Davis talked "not too much" about recruiting Rivers, but said that the communication with the Scout.com three-star prospect would increase. Since committing to Virginia Tech in early August, UNC has had little to no contact with Rivers.

Rivers, who does hold a North Carolina scholarship offer, says his commitment to the Hokies is solid.

"I'm very firm," said Rivers. "I'm probably not [going to officially visit other schools]."

However, Rivers said it wouldn't be uncommon to see him at another Tar Heel basketball game.

Two weekends ago, Rivers ended a fantastic senior football season. He collected a total of 184 tackles including 20 for a loss, four interceptions, and ten forced fumbles.

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